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Dear Family and Friends,

Breathing is something most of us take for granted. I know I did. But when your lungs do not provide the air you need, your body becomes paralyzed and you can’t move. I’ve been slowly losing lung capacity since I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ten years ago. My health has declined and my doctors at Duke University Medical Center have told me that my only option is a life-saving double lung transplant.